Merton Council is calling on residents to make the most of their creative talents this Christmas.
Inspired by its successful Big Draw events this autumn, which saw hundreds of participants create individual pieces of artwork, the council is launching an online prize draw to win a set of watercolours, oils, pastels and pencils. All residents have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and write in the subject box ‘Mayor’s portrait’ and they will automatically be entered. The deadline for entries is 1 January.
As part of the Big Draw, Merton’s mayor Councillor Nick Draper created his own masterpiece in pastels: http://www.merton.gov.uk/big_draw
Councillor Draper said: “Allowing yourself time to be creative in this way is a wonderful experience. You don’t have to be Vincent Van Gogh. The key is not to feel inhibited. Just get hold of a piece of paper and start drawing. You’d be surprised what you can achieve.”
Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “The Big Draw is a wonderful campaign which aims to get as many people as possible enjoying art and drawing.
“We want Merton to be a place where people are able to develop their creativity. The Big Draw proved that there is a great deal of talent in the borough. I would encourage everyone to take up paint brushes, pencils or pastels and give drawing a go. You may discover a talent you never knew you had. This prize draw is your chance to win the equipment you need to start a new hobby, or who knows, a new career.”